While a visit to a foreign country may be fun, it may also be stressful.
Whenever you travel to a foreign country, there will always be a lot of stress in store for you, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. For one thing, as any tech blog on travel will tell you, there will be problems when it comes to language and expression differences. Even when a destination is popular and well-traversed by tourists, it can still be hard to discover the best tips and tricks for seamless navigation. Japan is certainly no exception—if anything, the country in all of its wonderful glory can be one of the most challenging for English-speaking visitors.
To get you on a smoother experience in Japan, here are a few things to remember. And do try to get them down on your notes, the way you would copy down codes from coupon codes on products.
Some Guidelines for Japan
Tip #1: Get a Japan Rail Pass.
If you’re traveling beyond Tokyo or plan on hopping around the country, look into purchasing a JR Pass. This ticket will allow for unlimited travel on any trains (with the exception of the Nozomi and Mizuho Shinkansen), buses, and ferries operated by Japan Rail and are valid for one-, two-, or three-week periods, which can lead to hundreds in savings depending on your itinerary.
The Waygo app scans characters and translates food items much better than Google Translate’s camera option, and while you may need to do some inventive interpretation every now and then, it does the job most of the time. You will need this especially since quite a number of the staff you’ll encounter in Japan won’t be able to communicate in English.
Tip #3: Be humble; get a travel agent.
There are a lot of hidden treasures in Japan that aren’t easy to discover unless you have the help of someone in the know. Such experts, or “travel designers” as they’re now called, can help with the most exclusive experiences and make your trip as seamless as possible.